DCMDS - Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches


The Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCMDS) v3.1 course shows you how to implement, manage, and troubleshoot Cisco® MDS 9000 Series Switches, to build highly available, scalable storage networks. Through expert instruction and extensive hands-on practice, you will learn how to deploy and use capabilities such as Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs), Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), N-Port Virtualization (NPV) fabric security, zoning, automation with NX-API, Slow Drain Analysis, SAN analytics, Fibre Channel over TCP/IP (FCIP) tunnels, and more. You will learn how to configure and implement platform features and learn troubleshooting techniques pertaining to Fibre Channel (FC) domains, firmware upgrades, zones, and zone mergers.

This course will help you:
• Learn how to deploy and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches to support performance, resiliency, scalability, and enhanced operations for data centers;
• Gain knowledge and skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software;
• Succeed in today’s demanding data center operations roles.

This course helps you prepare to take the exam, Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking (300-625 DCSAN), which leads to CCNP Data Center and the Certified Specialist - Data Center SAN Implementation certifications.

This exam certifies your knowledge of Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches including deployment, implementation, management and monitoring, and troubleshooting. The exam will be available beginning February 24, 2020.

After you pass 300-625 DCSAN:
• You earn the Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center SAN Implementation certification;
• You will have satisfied the concentration exam requirement for new CCNP Data Center. To complete your CCNP Data Center certification, pass the Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (350-601 DCCOR) exam or its equivalent.

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Technical and professionals who implement, configure, support and manage data center SAN environments using Cisco MDS 9000 Switches.

This course also helps prepare student to take the Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking (300-625 DCSAN) exam, which is part of the new CCNP® Data Center.


After taking this course, you should be able to:
• Discover and describe the Cisco Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) platform of multilayer switches and directors. Describe the MDS hardware, NX-OS operating system, Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) management software, and key architectures of the platform, such as FC and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE);
• Describe key product features of the MDS platform, including VSANs, RBAC, NPV, port channels, zoning, device aliases, inter-VSAN routing (IVR), and fabric security;
• Configure and implement the Cisco MDS switches and platform features, such has initial configuration, building a fabric, building a SAN extension, and configuring inter-VSAN routing for that purpose;
• Configure FCIP tunnels;
• Resolve issues and troubleshoot FC domains, zones and zone merges, and switch boot and firmware upgrades.

Pré Requisitos

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:
• Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Fibre Channel;
• Basic understanding of network protocols, including Ethernet and IP;
• Basic routing and switching knowledge.

These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites:
• DCFNDU - Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations;
• DCMDSO - Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches Overview;
• DCIMDS - Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches.

Conteúdo Programatico

Course Introduction
Course Outline
Course Goals & Objectives

Describing Cisco MDS Platform

Cisco MDS 9700/9300/9200/9100 Hardware
Cisco NX-OS
Cisco DCNM
Fibre Channel Architecture
FCoE Architecture

Describing Key Product Features

Cisco DCNM 11.x
RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
Virtual SANs
Port Channels and VSAN Trunking
Zoning and Smart Zoning
Device Aliases
Inter-VSAN Routing
Fibre Channel Fabric Security

Describing New Product Features

32-Gb Fibre Channel
Power-On Auto-Provisioning
Slow Drain Analysis
Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming
Cisco Secure Boot

Deploying Cisco MDS Features

Installation and Initial Setup
Building a Fabric: FC Domains and FC Services
Building SAN Extensions

Troubleshooting Common Cisco MDS Issues

Fibre Channel Domains
Zones and Zone Merges
Boot and Upgrade Issues

Lab outline
Lab 1: Set Up DCNM
Lab 2: Explore DCNM-SAN Client and DCNM Device Manager
Lab 3: Configure and Use RBAC
Lab 4: Configure and Use RBAC with DCNM-SAN Client and Device Manager
Lab 5: Manage VSANs and Fibre Channel Domain
Lab 6: Configure NPV and N-Port Identification Virtualization (NPIV)
Lab 7: Configure Interfaces
Lab 8: Configure Device Aliases and Zoning
Lab 9: Explore and Automate with NX-API
Lab 10: Perform Slow Drain Analysis with Cisco DCNM
Lab 11: Configure SAN Analysis and SAN Telemetry Streaming
Lab 12: Configure FCIP Tunnels and FCIP High Availability (HA)
Lab 13: Configure IVR for SAN Extension
Lab 14 Troubleshoot Zoning and Zone Merges